Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Wyden Presses Forest Service on Misguided Policy Change, Backlog of Wildfire Prevention Projects in Oregon [VIDEO]

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today raised serious concerns about a new U.S. Forest Service proposal to gut environmental rules for forest management projects at a time when there’s a serious backlog of wildfire prevention work.

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Draft Wolf Plan available for review

Draft Wolf Plan available for review

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife recently released its draft proposed Wolf Conservation and Management plan for public review. The Fish and Wildlife Commission is expected to vote on the Plan at its June 7 meeting in Salem.

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Many Oregon Highways Remain Closed Following the Latest Storm

Many Oregon Highways Remain Closed Following the Latest Storm

Following the latest series of storms, several major highways are still closed throughout Oregon. Crews from the Oregon Department of Transportation and Pacific Power have been working through the night to clear roadways.

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Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions for Oregon to Fight Homelessness

Merkley, Wyden Announce Millions for Oregon to Fight Homelessness

Nearly $3 million will help organizations statewide provide supportive services to help people out of homelessness
[No monies allocated for Klamath or Lake Counties]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden today announced nearly $3 million in Continuum of Care grants across the state, providing resources to help house and provide supportive services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

Crater Lake Closed, Enter at Own Risk

It was a beautiful blue sky day at Crater Lake, but it was far from business as usual in the park. The junction of Highway 62 and Munson Valley Road inside Crater Lake National Park resembled more like a parking lot at a snow park than that of an entrance to one of the best parks of the National Parks System.

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Indoor Clean Air is a Priority, Too

Indoor Clean Air is a Priority, Too

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It’s the time of year when woodstove users check the daily air quality advisory. However, there is a year-round Klamath County Public Health indoor clean air commitment.

The Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) protects all Oregonians from the harms of secondhand smoke. Also known as the Smoke-free Workplace Law, the ICAA creates smoke free public places and places of employment with the intent of protecting the health of employees and the public. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States, including in Oregon.

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Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

Winter Fees and Road Closures at Crater Lake National Park

CRATER LAKE, OR – On November 1st, the park will begin charging its winter entrance fee.  The fee is $15 per car or motorcycle and $10 per person. It is good for 7 days, and will be collected at the Annie Creek Entrance Station or the backcountry office at park headquarters. 

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New Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement to Ensure Sustainable Management of Region’s Iconic Fish

New Pacific Salmon Treaty Agreement to Ensure Sustainable Management of Region’s Iconic Fish

SALEM, Ore.—The parties to the Pacific Salmon Treaty have agreed on new coast-wide salmon fishing agreements under the Treaty. The Pacific Salmon Commission is comprised of representatives from Canada, the states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and Northwest and Columbia River Treaty Tribes. Commissioners from the United States and Canada will now forward the agreements to their respective governments for approval.

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Red Flag Warning Today [8/16/18] for Abundant Lightning

Red Flag Warning Today [8/16/18] for Abundant Lightning

RED FLAG WARNING in effect from 11:00am this morning to 11:00pm this evening for portions for fire weather zones 617, 623, 624, and 625 for abundant lightning on dry fuels.

Main areas impacted will be near the Cascade crest from Crater Lake northward and east of Toketee Falls, then eastward across northern Klamath and Lake Counties down to about Hart Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

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Wildfire Update: Peninger Fire - Body Found in Fire Perimeter

Wildfire Update: Peninger Fire - Body Found in Fire Perimeter

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are conducting a death investigation in an area burned in Tuesday’s Peninger Fire.  Investigators have not yet concluded whether the person died before or during the fire.

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SOS Richardson Releases Advisory Report of SNAP Fraud Investigations

SOS Richardson Releases Advisory Report of SNAP Fraud Investigations

Salem, OR — Today, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson released an advisory report detailing the work of the Oregon Audits Division in using data analytics to assist with fraud investigations in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

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2018 Fire Season Goes Into Effect

2018 Fire Season Goes Into Effect

Present warming and drying weather conditions have prompted fire officials in Klamath and Lake Counties to declare fire season beginning Friday, June 8th, 2018 at 1201 A.M. on lands protected by the Klamath-Lake District, Oregon Department of Forestry. This affects all private, county, and state forest lands, as well as those Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of the Gerber Reservoir Area in Klamath County. 

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Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban

Fireworks and Exploding Targets Ban

Portland, Ore. – Effective June 1, 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) prohibits the use of fireworks, target shooting with exploding targets, and the firing of a tracer or incendiary device on all BLM-managed public lands throughout Oregon and Washington. The ban will be in effect from June 1, to October 20, 2018.

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Merkley, Wyden, Walden, DeFazio Announces Congressional Passage of Legislation to Return Tribal Control Over Their Private Lands

Merkley, Wyden, Walden, DeFazio Announces Congressional Passage of Legislation to Return Tribal Control Over Their Private Lands

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR 2) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR 4) today announced that Congress has passed the Oregon Tribal Economic Development Act, which allows certain tribes in Oregon to lease and sell property that they own.

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Interior Announces $14 Million in Payments to Rural Schools in Western Oregon Counties

Interior Announces $14 Million in Payments to Rural Schools in Western Oregon Counties

Washington – U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that the Bureau of Land Management will issue payments totaling $14 million for Fiscal Year 2018 to 18 counties in western Oregon eligible under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act extension. The BLM manages the Secure Rural Schools program n Oregon and California Railroad Revested Lands, known as the O&C Lands, n concert with the U.S. Forest Service.

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Tourism to Crater Lake National Park Creates $59.9 Million in Economic Benefits

Tourism to Crater Lake National Park Creates $59.9 Million in Economic Benefits

Crater Lake, OR – A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that almost 712,000 visitors to Crater Lake in 2017 spent $59.9 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 981 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $80.6 million.

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OSP Investigating Unattended Death of Missing Beatty Woman

OSP Investigating Unattended Death of Missing Beatty Woman

On Sunday April 8, 2018, the Oregon State Police conducted a death investigation in relation to a crash, which occurred on Friday April 6, 2018. The registered owner, Debra Rose Dougan (age 60 from Beatty) was found deceased in a field. Dougan had no signs of visible injures nor were there any suspicious circumstances discovered.

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